Puerto Rico used to produce some of the best coffee in the world — but that was more than a century ago.
Today, Puerto Rico’s coffee crop is just a fraction of what it was then, and little is exported. But there’s a movement on the island to improve quality and rebuild Puerto Rico’s coffee industry.
The U.S. territory is still America’s leading coffee producer, ahead of Hawaii, the only other part of the country where it’s grown in any sizable amount. (As The Salt has reported, there is some experimental commercial coffee farming in California.) Puerto Rico produced some 10 million pounds of coffee last year. Much of it is grown in places like Elena Biamon’s farm near Jajuya, a town in the island’s mountainous interior.